Inside abandoned Odeon cinema trapped in time – URBEX England


After trying for many years to access this
abandoned cinema, we finally succeeded in Summer 2019. It’s the most complete structure of it’s
kind we have seen, but it still stands today in a deteriorated condition. Join us as we enter the pitch black premises
to discover what remains. A rich history comes from the building in
question today. It dates back to the late 1920s, when it opened
as as a theatre with capacity for more than 2,500 visitors. It changed owners multiple times in the years. During this span a ballroom was built in the
lower parts of the building. Eventually, this space became a night club
which is still operational today under a different name. The rest of the cinema is out of use, suffering
after so many years of neglect, as we were about to find out. Immediately inside the front section of the
property, visible signs of construction were noticeable, with each room resembling a shell. This was the smaller screen of two that the
cinema had to offer. Nowadays, a two screened building of this
nature would never open, and construction of a newer multi-screened cinema was actually
the reason for this one’s closure. After the new and more effective cinema opened
to the public, the classic structure we are looking through began to lose admissions,
and inevitably closed in the early 1990s. Plans had even been made to convert the two
screens into five, but these ideas never became reality. We quickly found out that the historic site
was battling excessive vandalism too. One part of the building had been blackened
by the ash of a fire. After closure, everything valuable was removed
from the cinema in the likes of projectors, sound equipment and screens. It is now owned by the operators of the nightclub
below. With the desire to see this room for a long
time, it was just as impressive as we had hoped. All the seats remained in decent condition
considering the threat of water damage. The massive auditorium functioned right above
the nightclub, therefore implemented into both work places were strict monitors that
would detect the noise levels of each with an alarm. If you were watching a tense film, you wouldn’t
want to hear the sounds of bass vibrating through your seat. Somewhere above the mouldy false ceiling lies
the original architecture that has been lost to modernisation. It contains the dome we found earlier in the
exploration, which was a pale blue. In the footage of the dome we captured, you
can make out the fading colours through the dusty air. It’s a pity that the property is more than likely
past saving. The position it has in the city it’s located
in means it can hardly be demolished any time soon, so for now it will sit patiently awaiting
it’s fate. We find our way onto the stage which wasn’t
original. It was built using concrete during the 60s
after the building was bought by a new owner. We reckon this is when the cinema transformation
happened. We could’ve spent hours looking through
the paperwork that remained in the structure, but we had no time. After we concluded our exploration, we headed
back outside. Only a couple days later, our access point
was bricked up with cinderblock, and the small amount of air and sunlight that had been creeping
into the cinema for the last few days was denied. The building is once again silent, with nobody
allowed in for years to come. Here are some of our shots from the ageing
cinema. If you like the look of them, check out our
Instagram page where you can find images of the places we visit months before we post
them to YouTube. Also, we are organising some prints that will
be sold soon, so be on the lookout for that. In one of our biggest explorations to date,
we cover possibly the most complete mining colliery remaining in Europe. The integrating history, machinery and architecture
was so interesting that we spent two full days on site looking through everything we
could. Thanks for watching our latest video. Welcome to 2020 too, where we have many exciting
plans for videos, trips and other stuff. Hope you liked the video, see you next time!

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